Shas party MK Yoav Ben-Tzur has come out against IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-General Gadi Eizenkott telling the media “An 18-year-old son who enlists is a soldier and not out son” he stated after the announced guilty verdict in the manslaughter trial of Sgt. Elor Azariya, who was found guilty.
Ben-Tzur lamented the verdict, adding that in this case, Azariya is “Everyone’s son and at this time, we wish to strengthen the family, his parents and brother”.
Ben-Tzur lashed out at the military court that convicted the sergeant of manslaughter, insisting his actions were justified. The Shas MK feels that Elor did what had to be done at the moment and act with justification.
He concluded “We are all being mispallel that the way to grant him a pardon will be found as is fitting to do”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)